I’ve had to make an extremely tough choice between staying in the United Kingdom and going back to work.
I’ve already applied for a visa for my PhD and am in the process of securing a UK-based job, but I’m going to have to decide between taking a job I can’t get and moving to London for a PhD, where I’m guaranteed a job in the sciences.
I’ve done this many times before, and I have a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, which I was lucky enough to get, and an MSc from Oxford University.
The decision to leave the U, with the UK’s economy already in a crisis and the possibility of a vote to leave Brexit looming, is weighing heavily on me.
“The risk of Brexit is not only for British expats,” says David Smith, the president of the National Union of Students (NUS) and the former president of London School of Economics.
“If we leave, we are potentially leaving our future as a country in a completely different place.”
“We are not leaving for any particular reason, but Brexit is creating an uncertain future for British business and the economy as a whole.”
I spoke with Dr. Smith about the consequences of Brexit and the implications for the future of the UK.
My dream of studying in the UK has now become a reality.
While I’m a British citizen and will be able to study in the country, my future in the City is no longer guaranteed.
Brexit could have a devastating effect on the Uk. economy.
In order to prepare for my departure, I have applied for several jobs, including one at the City University of London, where my research interests lie.
I will continue to contribute to the UK government’s research, and if they decide to make me a permanent researcher, I will work with them to ensure we continue our work.
The uncertainty of Brexit has left me with a feeling of isolation.
There’s not a lot of support around my work.
I don’t know anyone who wants to support me or have a conversation about it.
I’m not alone, but many other UK expats who have been studying abroad have also been left feeling isolated, particularly since the vote to Leave.
It feels like a war is being fought in the minds of UK expat students.
A lot of expats have been left in the dark.
They’ve been told that they can’t apply for jobs in the University and that they have to get a visa.
If they leave the UK, they may have to leave their UK jobs altogether, which is a very expensive decision.
On top of that, there are very few UK-born expats in academia, and we’re the ones who are forced to pay for the upkeep of our universities, as well as pay for a whole host of other things, like student loans, and food for our families.
So what can we do?
To be clear, there’s no shortage of people interested in the careers we want to pursue, but we’ve been left with a very small number of people who are interested in us and are willing to take the risk of working with us.
We can always apply for a scholarship or a grant to continue our studies.
We can also work together with employers to develop the best research plans and to find the best talent to help us move forward.
But we need to find our voice and to get out there and tell our stories to other UK-bound expats, and the more people who hear our stories, the more likely we are to find success.
This is an edited extract from the September 2017 issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale now.
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